Summary Information
Title: Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America Records
Collection Number: AIS.1975.16
Creator: Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America.

Collection Dates: 1929-195?
Extent: 113.75 linear feet (plus 14 microfilm reels)

Language: English

Abstract:
The records of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America document the Fraternal and social organization of Italian Americans founded in 1930 in Pittsburgh by individuals who had been expelled or were former members of the Order Sons of Italy of America, Grand Lodge. The records contain applications for admission, mortuary fund files, application for loans, membership roll books, correspondence, financial records, convention books and minutes.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

February 2011
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff based on inventory to collection prepared in October 1992.
History

The Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) was founded in 1930 and currently has over 120 lodges throughout the country. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate Italian American culture and values by sponsoring social, civic and cultural events and programs. It seems to be a split-off of the Order of the Sons of Italy.

The Order ISDA was organized in 1960 by Italian Americans and chartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Membership is open to all persons of Italian descent, married to an Italian, or interested in furthering the interests of Italians. An important function of the Association is the financial security of members and their families through life insurance.

Membership in the Association is simultaneous with issuance of life insurance. The ISDA Fraternal Association provides social contacts and charitable activities through its Lodges, which are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Michigan, Florida, California, Illinois and Indiana.

The OISDA is located at 419 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15222.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

Fraternal and social organization of Italian Americans. Founded in 1930 in Pittsburgh by individuals who had been expelled or who had from the Order Sons of Italy of America, Grand Lodge. Aimed to be completely independent of any other Order, capable of being self-governed, self-sufficient and self-expanding Attorney John B. Fortunato chosen first Supreme Master, Domenico Fortunato chosen first Supreme Orator, and Anthony Castricota chosen first Supreme Secretary. The newspaper, Unione Per Il Progresso Degli Italiani in America, official organ of the society. Contains: Applications for admission (arranged alphabetically by name); Mortuary Fund File (arranged by Lodge); Application for loans (arranged alphabetically by name); Membership roll books (arranged by Lodge); correspondence; financial records; convention books and minutes; miscellaneous. Membership roll books available only on microfilm; originals destroyed after microfilming.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Associations, institutions, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Italian American fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Italian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies, etc.
  • Italians -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies, etc.

Corporate Names
  • Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America.
  • Order Sons of Italy in America.

Locations
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social life and customs

Genres/Forms
  • Application forms
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes

Category
  • Associations
  • Ethnic groups
  • Societies

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions with the following exceptions: Researchers must sign a confidentiality agreement to access Series III. Applications for Loan. Further, the unprocessed portions of the collection (Series V-VIII) are currently closed to research use.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited in 1975.

Preferred Citation:

Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America Records, 1930-195?, AIS.1975.16, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

Portions of this collection were processed by students employed by the Archives Service Center staff in 1992. The unprocessed portions of the collection are currently closed to research use.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Application for Admission [Domanda di Ammissione]

Scope and Content Notes:

Gives: Lodge; lodge no.; date of application, name of applicant, parents' names, DOB of applicant, POB of applicant (city/town/village-state/country); occupation of applicant; address of applicant; marital status, name of spouse; age of spouse, DOB and POB of spouse; parents of spouse; date of marriage; place of marriage (city, state); assignment of death benefits including name, age, address, and relationship of beneficiary.

Verso of application of membership requests medical examination information on applicant and spouse; medical information to be completed by examining physician.

Some applications accompanied by status of membership form which gives: surname, address, age, DOB, POB, category of benefits, lodge no., date of initiation, name of beneficiary, relationship of beneficiary, date of spouse, suspension date, authorization of suspensation.

Some forms carry sponsor information as well as hospital and mortuary information.

Some forms in Italian. Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Box 1 Aarons - Azzolina
Box 2 Babiak - Bione
Box 3 Bird - Byron
Box 4-7 C (not alphabetized)
Box 8 DaBaldo - Del Turco
Box 9 Deluca - Di Donna
Box 10 Diegelman - Dzvonar
Box 11 Eady - Evans; Quaglia - Quinto
Box 12 Fabbiano - Fazzio
Box 13 Featherman - Fyock
Box 14 Gabbosin - Godino
Box 15 Godio - Guzzo
Box 16 Haburjak - Hyman; Iabichella - Izzo
Box 17 Jacketti - Justice
Box 18 Loaks - Lazzini
Box 19 League - Lytle
Box 20 Macefe - Marsicano
Box 21 Marsico - Mezzi
Box 22 Mianulli - Mytryk
Box 23 Naccanto - Nye; Oberto - Oynissanti
Box 24 Pacconi - Panzo
Box 25 Paolantonio - Pezzotta
Box 26 Pfeifer - Pykosh
Box 27 Raad - Rufo
Box 28 Ruggeri - Rybka
Box 29 Sabados - Sartorio
Box 30 Sas - Sileo
Box 31 Silla - Szyper
Box 32 Tabacco - Tyrrell
Box 33 Ubaldi - Uzzo; Waddy - Wyme
Box 34 Vacante - Vulla
Box 35 Yaccion - Yuliano; Zabadlyja - Zyroll
Box 36 Unorganized

Series II. Mortuary Fund File

Scope and Content Notes:

Each file contains: certificate of death (photostats of Official certificates on file with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.), marriage certificate, death notification of spouse, receipt of mortuary fund payment. Some files include change of beneficiary, applications of admission, birth certificates. The files are arranged by lodge.


Box 37
Folder 1 Lodge #1, Pittsburgh
Folder 2 Lodge #2, 24th of May, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 3 Lodge #3, Progressiva/Democracy, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 4 Lodge #4, Cittadini (Citizens), Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 5a-5c Lodge #5, Provincia di Caserta, Trento e Trieste, East End Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 6 Lodge #6, Courtesy, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 7 Lodge #7, Primo Maggio, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 8a-8b Lodge #8, Fiori di Maggio, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 9a-9b Lodge #9, Alpine Star (Alpina Stella d Italia), Washington, PA

Box 38
Folder 1a-1b Lodge #10, Grazia Deledda, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 2 Lodge #11, Russellton, Russellton, PA
Folder 3 Lodge #13, Sant' Antonio Di Padova, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 4a-4c Lodge #14, Indipendente di Beneficenza, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 5a-5b Lodge #15, Loggia Risveglio, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 6a-6c Lodge #16, La Pace Fratellanza Marconi, East End, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 7 Lodge #17, Vittorio Veneto, Punxsutawney, PA

Box 39
Folder 1 Lodge #18, Abraham Lincoln, Rossiter, PA
Folder 2 Lodge #19, Rinascenza, New Castle, PA
Folder 3 Lodge #21, Liberta, Sykesville, PA
Folder 4 Lodge #23, Florence Nightingale, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 5 Lodge #24, Giuseppe Giustizia, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 6 Lodge #25, Principessa Maria, Punxsutawney, PA
Folder 7 Lodge #26, Nuovo Risveglio, Hazelton, PA
Folder 8a-8b Lodge #27, Abraham Lincoln, Reading, PA
Folder 9 Lodge #28, William Paca, Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 10 Lodge #29, Loggia Civico, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 11 Lodge #30, Italia, Frankford Sta., Philadelphia, PA
Folder 12 Lodge #31, Betsy Ross, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 13a-13b Lodge #32, Roma Eterna, Reading, PA
Folder 14 Lodge #35, Martha Washington, Reading, PA
Folder 15 Lodge #36, Regina Elena, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 16 Lodge #37, New Era, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 17 Lodge #38, Morning Star, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 18 Lodge #40, Keystone, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 19 Lodge #41, Concordia, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 20 Lodge #42, Roma Imperiale, Carnegie, PA

Box 40
Folder 1 Lodge #43, San Gabriele, Summit Hill, PA
Folder 2 Lodge #44, La Giovana Italia, Hazelton, PA
Folder 3 Lodge #45, Amity, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 4 Lodge #46, San Donato di Auletta, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 5 Lodge #47, Fidelity, Carnegie, PA
Folder 6 Lodge #49, Bloomfield Activity, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 7 Lodge #50, Loyalty, McKees Rocks, PA
Folder 8 Lodge #51, Rosary, Summit Hill, PA
Folder 9 Lodge #52, Liberta, Reading, PA
Folder 10 Lodge #54, America, Reading, PA
Folder 11 Lodge #55, Yolanda, Reading, PA
Folder 12 Lodge #56, Harmony, Monaca, PA
Folder 13 Lodge #57, McKeesport, McKeesport, PA
Folder 14 Lodge #59, Prudenza, Hazletown, PA
Folder 15 Lodge #60, Eleonore Duse, McKeesport, PA
Folder 16 Lodge #63, St. Teresa, Summit Hill, PA
Folder 17 Lodge #66, Giosue Carducci, Pittsbrugh, PA
Folder 18 Lodge #68, West End Civic, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 19 Lodge #69, Young America, Bridgeport, PA
Folder 20 Lodge #70, Universal, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 21a-21b Lodge #71, Santa Rosalia, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 22 Lodge #74, Italo Balbo, Edge Hill, PA
Folder 23 Lodge #75, Lamas, Wilkinsburg, PA
Folder 24 Lodge #76, Vittoria, Washington, PA
Folder 25 Lodge #78, Femminile Margherita di Savoia, N. Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 26 Lodge #79, Integrity, Brackenridge, PA

Box 41
Folder 1 Lodge #80, Monessen, Monessen, PA
Folder 2 Lodge #81, Avanti Italia, McKees Rocks, PA
Folder 3a-3b Lodge #83, Landsford, Landsford, PA
Folder 4 Lodge #84, Unity, Beaver Falls, PA
Folder 5 Lodge #85, South Hills, South Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 6 Lodge #87, Sykesville, Sykesville, PA
Folder 7 Lodge #89, Giuseppe Verdi, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 8 Lodge #90, Sannio, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 9 Lodge #91, Evening Star, Cresson, PA
Folder 10 Lodge #92, Guglielmo Marconi, Bridgeport, PA
Folder 11 Lodge #93, Verity, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 12 Lodge #95, Fidelian, Greenville, PA
Folder 13 Lodge #97, Theodore Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 14 Lodge #102, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 15 Lodge #104, Progressive, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 16 Lodge #108, Sylvania, Russelton, PA
Folder 17 Lodge #109, Cristoforo Colombo, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 18 Lodge #110, San Pietro Paolo, Mount Carmel, PA
Folder 19 Lodge #116, Everglade, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 20 Lodge #119, Italian-American Educational, Arnold, PA
Folder 21 Lodge #122, Circolo Nazionale, Erie, PA
Folder 22 Lodge #123, Hammonton, Hammonton, NJ
Folder 23 Lodge #125, Stephen C. Foster, ?
Folder 24 Lodge #127, Forward America, Arnold, PA
Folder 25 Lodge #128, Guglielmo Marconi, Cleveland, OH
Folder 26 Lodge #129, George Washington, Pottstown, PA
Folder 27 Lodge #130, William Penn, Philadelphia, PA
Folder 28 Lodge #141, Ascoli Piceno, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 29 Lodge #143, Butler, Butler, PA
Folder 30 Lodge #144, Anzio, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 31 Lodge #145, Donora United Italians, Donora, PA
Folder 32 Lodge #149, Primavera, Rankin, PA
Folder 33 Lodge #151, Michaelangelo, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 34 Lodge #152, Columbia, Verona, PA
Folder 35 Lodge #156, Mt. Carmel, Cleveland, OH
Folder 36 Lodge #157, Roma, Cleveland, OH
Folder 37 Lodge #160, Brookline, Pittsburgh, PA
Folder 38 Lodge #164, Caesar, Pittsburgh, PA

Series III. Applications for Loans [RESTRICTED]

Scope and Content Notes:

Each file contains: application for loan and correspondence in regard to the loan. Applications for loan data include: name and address of applicant; date of application; amount of loan requested; lodge and lodge number. Data also requested as to: landlord or agent; marital status, name of spouse, name/address of employer; income, automobile (make, year, license number, encumbrances), location of real estate owned, signature of applicant. Application contains co-maker's statement and includes: name and address of co-maker, location of real estate owned, how long co-maker has known the applicant, name of employer of co-maker, income of co-maker, signature of co-maker. Some correspondence is in Italian. Arranged alphabetically by surname of applicants.

This series is restricted. Researchers wishing to have access must sign a confidentiality agreement with the archives. A list of individual names contained in this series is available in the case file for this collection.

Series IV. Membership Roll Books, 1929-1950

Scope and Content Notes:

Gives: name, age, class, address, initiation, enrollment date, beneficiary, relationship and age of beneficiary, amount of benefits (death, widow). Arranged by lodge.


Microfilm-cabinet 2
Drawer 2
Reel 1 Lodge #1, Pittsburgh
Lodge #2, 24th of May, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #3, Progressiva/Democracy, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #4, Cittadini (Citizens), Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #5, Provincia di Caserta Trento e Trieste, East End Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #6, Courtesy, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #7, Primo Maggio, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA
Reel 2 Lodge #8, Fiori di Maggio, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #9, Alpine Star, Washington, PA
Lodge #10, Grazia Deledda, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #11, Russellton, Russellton, PA Lodge #13 Antonio Di Padova, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #14, Indipendente di Beneficenza, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #15, Loggia Risveglio, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #17, Vittorio Veneto, Punxsutawney, PA
Reel 3 Lodge #18, Abraham Lincoln, Rossiter, PA
Lodge #19, Rinascenza, New Castle, PA
Lodge #21, Liberta, Sykesville, PA
Lodge #23, Florence Nightingale, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #24, Giuseppe Giustizia, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #25, Principessa Maria, Punxsutawney, PA
Lodge #26, Nuovo Risveglio, Hazelton, PA
Lodge #27, Abraham Lincoln, Reading, PA
Lodge #28, William Paca, Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #29, Loggia Civico, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #30, Italia, Frankford Sta., Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #31, Betsy Ross, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Reel 4 Lodge #32, Roma Eterna, Reading, PA
Lodge #35, Martha Washington, Reading, PA
Lodge #36, Regina Elena, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #37, New Era, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #38, Morning Star, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #40, Keystone, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #41, Concordia, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #42, Roma Dante, Carnegie, PA
Lodge #42, Roma Imperiale, Carnegie, PA
Reel 5 Lodge #43, San Gabriele, Summit Hill, PA
Lodge #44, La Giovane Italia, Hazelton, PA
Lodge #45, Amity, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #46, San Donato di Auletta, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #47, Fidelity, Carnegie, PA
Lodge #48, Chapter of Youth of New Castle, New Castle, PA
Lodge #50, Loyalty, McKees Rocks, PA
Reel 6 Lodge #51, Rosary, Summit Hill, PA
Lodge #52, Liberta, Reading, PA
Lodge #53, Paul Revere, Reading, PA
Lodge #54, America, Reading, PA
Lodge #55, Yolanda, Reading, PA
Lodge #56, Harmony, Monaca, PA
Lodge #57, McKeesport, McKeesport, PA
Lodge #58, Maschile Giovanile, East Liberty, PA
Lodge #59, Prudenza, Hazletown, PA
Lodge #60, Eleonore Duse, McKeesport, PA
Lodge #61, Eastern Star, Reading, PA
Reel 7 Lodge #62, Venice, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #63, St. Teresa, Summit Hill, PA
Lodge #64, Spirit of Youth, Sharpsburg, PA
Lodge #65, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #65, Giovanile Femminile Mollie Pitcher
Lodge #66, Giosue Carducci, Pittsbrugh, PA
Lodge #67, Beechmont, South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #68, West End Civic, West End, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #69, Young America, Bridgeport, PA
Lodge #70, Universal, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #71, Santa Rosalia, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #72, Machile Lehigh, Allentown, PA
Reel 8 Lodge #73, Mona Lisa, Allentown, PA
Lodge #74, Italo Balbo, Edge Hill, PA
Lodge #75, Lamas, Wilkinsburg, PA
Lodge #76, Vittoria, Washington, PA
Lodge #77, Femminile Elettra, South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #78, Femminile Margherita di Savoia, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #79, Integrity, Brackenridge, PA
Lodge #80, Monessen, Monessen, PA
Reel 9 Lodge #81, Avanti Italia, McKees Rocks, PA
Lodge #82, Mista Adelphia, Ambridge, PA
Lodge #83, Landsford, Landsford, PA
Lodge #84, Unity, Beaver Falls, PA
Lodge #85, South Hills, South Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #86, Rex Lodge, Sharpsburg, PA
Lodge #87, Sykesville, Sykesville, PA
Lodge #88, Altoona, Altoona, PA
Lodge #89, Giuseppe Verdi, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #90, Sannio, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #91, Evening Star, Cresson, PA
Reel 10 Lodge #92, Guglielmo Marconi, Bridgeport, PA
Lodge #94, Italia Nuova, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #95, Fidelian, Greenville, PA
Lodge #96, Roman Star, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #97, Theodore Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #99, Ebensburg, Ebensburg, PA
Lodge #100, Savoia, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #101, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Painsville, OH
Lodge #102, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #104, Progressive, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #105, Esquire, Pittsburgh, PA
Reel 11 Lodge #106, Francesco Vigo, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #109, Cristoforo Colombo, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #110, San Pietro Paolo, Mount Carmel, PA
Lodge #111, Thomas Jefferson, Vandergrift, PA
Lodge #112, Lehigh, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #113, Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #114, New Horizon, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #115, Dante, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #116, Everglade, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #117, Progressive Italian, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #118, Knights of Greensburg, Greensburg, PA
Lodge #120, Arrigoni, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #122, Circolo Nazionale, Erie, PA
Reel 12 Lodge #124, Palestrina, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #126, Guglielmo Marconi, Atlantic City, NJ
Lodge #127, Forward America, Arnold, PA
Lodge #128, Guglielmo Marconi, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #129, George Washington, Pottstown, PA
Lodge #130, William Penn, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #131, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #132, Columbia, Hammonton, NJ
Lodge #134, La Stella, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #135, West Side
Lodge #136, Philadelphia, PA
Reel 13 Lodge #137, Semper Fidelis, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #138, Iwo Jima, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #139, Aurora, Jersey City, NJ
Lodge #140, Youth of America, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #141, Ascoli Piceno, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #143, Butler, Butler, PA
Lodge #144, Anzio, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #145, Donora United Italians, Donora, PA
Lodge #146, Golden Acorn, Philadelphia, PA
Lodge #147, Como, Cleveland, OH
Reel 14 Lodge #149, Primavera
Lodge #150, Cleveland, OH
Lodge #151, Michaelangelo, Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge #152, Columbia, Verona, PA
Lodge #153, Carrick, Brentwood, PA
Lodge #158, Power City, Niagra Falls, NY
Lodge #166, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown, OH

Series V. Correspondence (unprocessed)

Scope and Content Notes:

This material consists of 34 cubic feet of unprocessed material.

Series VI. Financial Records (unprocessed)

Scope and Content Notes:

This material consists of 8 cubic feet of unprocessed material.

Series VII. Convention Books and Minutes (unprocessed)

Scope and Content Notes:

This material consists of 1 cubic feet of unprocessed material.

Series VIII. Miscellaneous (unprocessed)

Scope and Content Notes:

This material consists of 3 cubic feet of unprocessed material.